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Who’s a Copycat?

When people challenge me about the tiles, it’s almost always about the identification of copycats. The claim is usually that newer tiles aren’t the work of the original tiler. The WHAT section of this site traces the development of style over time, but doesn’t explicitly lay out the case for a single tiler for the 700+ […]

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Steve Powers Adds Toynbee Tile to Philly Mural

World famous, Philly-raised artist Stephen Powers (aka ESPO) recently finished up a mural in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. I stopped by for final photos, and found him still at work. He was still taking requests for content, and was nice enough to humor my request for a Toynbee Tile. And 5 minutes later, it […]

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David Mamet and 4 A.M.

How does David Mamet’s 4 A.M. relate to the Toynbee Tiles? Well, the tiles promote the idea of resurrecting the dead on Jupiter through ideas found in the movie 2001 and the writings of Arnold Toynbee. Mamet’s play 4 A.M., which he describes as “a homage to Larry King” relates a conversation between a radio […]

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For Posterity: Clark DeLeon

For the record, here is the entire text of the 1983 article where Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Clark DeLeon interviewed (by phone) a man going by the name James Morasco. THE SCENE – IN PHILADELPHIA AND IT’S SUBURBS THEORIES: WANNA RUN THAT ONE BY ME AGAIN? By CLARK DeLEON The Philadelphia Inquirer This article originally appeard […]

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Your Neighborhood Toynbee Tile

Here’s a little Toynbee Tile theory for everyone out there. With a few exceptions, Toynbee tiles typically appear in areas of the greatest population density… central business districts of large cities, highways and rest stops. Of course I’ve considered that only tiles in these areas get noticed and reported, but there is some evidence that […]

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That Sweet, Sweet Tile Cash

After nearly 20 years of interest, 6 years of investigation and 1 year of movie madness, I finally got around to putting together a gallery of Toynbee Tile photos. The gallery is far from comprehensive, but details a wide array of styles. Unfortunately, general negligence destroyed a large chunk of the official record. A dramatic […]

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THANK YOU PHILADELPHIA!

Resurrect Dead has finished its first Philly run. Considering that we sold out 4 shows in a 360 seat theater and came very close to selling out the remaining 2, it would seem that another run would be a good idea. No word on that yet though. And by the way… all those people came […]

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Resurrect Dead Premier + House of Hades: you got our attentioin

If you haven’t seen on Facebook, Philebrity, WHYY, WMMR, City Paper, The New York Times, The AV Club or any other number of sources, then you’re probably not finding out here either. But anyway, the Toynbee tile movie, Resurrect Dead is making its Philly debut on Thursday September 8th at the Internatioinal House at 37th […]

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A Regular Caller?

The following was posted on the now discontinued Resurrect Dead message board in September 2011 by user:  3fingerpete. It’s reposted here for posterity. I’m afraid I can’t offer any proof for what I am about to write. All I can say is this is my first hand account of how and when I first heard […]

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RESURRECT DEAD THEATRiCAL RELEASE!!!

Finally, finally, finally I can announce that Resurrect Dead, the Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, will be coming to a theater near you… maybe. Depends where you live. Also, here’s an official trailer for the movie: Where can you see this Sundance Award winning documentary about the Toynbee Tiles and possibly even catch a Q/A […]

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